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« I Made A Wrong Turn Somewhere | Main | Countdown to the Emmys Day 6: Outstanding Lead Actress »

June 25, 2010

Countdown to the Emmys Day 5: Outstanding Lead Actor

The nominees for Outstanding Lead Actor came prepared: Peter Bergman brought his dreaminess. Doug Davidson, his index finger of fury. Jon Lindstrom came equipped with good will from people who have enjoyed him on numerous soaps. Michael Park has all sorts of positive attributes, we're assuming, while James Scott brought a face we can only describe as "really, really, ridiculously good-looking".

But did they bring the things that Emmy voters hold dear? Things like:

  • Alcohol/alcoholic/drunk/liquor
  • Anger/angry/furious/fury/rage
  • Arrest
  • Betrayal
  • Breaks down/tailspin
  • Burial/cemetery/funeral/morgue
  • Collapsed
  • Confronts/blasts/rips into/tears into, etc.
  • Crush/crushed/sad/heartbroken
  • Dead/death/dying
  • Emotional
  • Goodbye
  • Hospital
  • Illness--mental illness, cancer, coma, miscarriage, shot, injured, etc.
  • Intervention
  • Kills/killed/killer
  • Pain
  • Stun/stuns/stunned
  • Tear/tears/tearfully
  • Tirade

  • We're going to analyze their submitted episodes to see how much Emmy bait they managed to pack in. And then? Vote for who you think should win and will win and curse the world, either silently or aloud, that David Canary was not nominated because seriously, what the hell is that all about?! But we're getting ahead of ourselves--Emmy snubs will soon be addressed with the caps lock of FURY, don't you worry. First, our nominees...

    Peter Bergman, The Young and the Restless: Jack tried to figure out what was next the morning after having found out that Sharon slept with Billy. Jack convinced Sharon to stay with him, even if the baby was not his. Later, Jack confronted his brother, Billy, about his betrayal.

    Score: 2...and lots of hearts.

    Doug Davidson, The Young and the Restless: Paul blasted Victor as the reason that his mild-mannered sister, Patty, had become a monster. Victor insisted that he had no part in Patty's transformation, but Paul refused to believe him. Later, Paul was stunned when Jack informed him that Patty had been kidnapped.

    Score: 2

    EDITOR'S NOTE: Paul would be distraught to learn that this episode description only garnered him a two! Distraught!


    When will that stop being the best thing to ever happen to television? Never, right?

    Jon Lindstrom, As the World Turns: Craig and Rosanna collided over money that he claimed she'd stolen from him. Rosanna noted that the money had been hers in the first place. As Craig headed to the police station to report Rosanna's illegal activities, Carly attempted to run him down to "scare" him.

    Score: 1

    Michael Park, As the World Turns: Jack visited the hospital to look at Katie's newborn. There, Katie asked him to tell her the truth about how her husband (and Jack's brother) had been killed. Tearfully, Jack revealed that he'd been the one to kill Brad because of a terrible accident. Later, Jack held a gun on Craig and tried to force Craig to blame him for Brad's death.

    Score: 3

    James Scott, Days of Our Lives: An emotional E.J. ripped intoSami for the deathof their daughter, Grace. E.J. refused to listen to Sami's explanation of what happened, and later declined to be a part of the baby's burial because he hadn't been the one that had killed Grace. Alone, E.J. went to the morgue to pay a final farewell to his daughter.

    Score: 6

    James Scott seems to have the quintessential Emmy reel! Is it enough to overtake Doug Davidson's index finger?


    I don't care who wins, I'm just glad Tony Geary will not win.

    NOTHING shall overtake the index finger! I have decreed it! Let it be so! But I am ultimately with horselover....since Tony Geary will not winning I am fine..completely fine with ANY of these gentlemen winning.

    i hope peter does. he is the reason i watch y&r....wish they would get rid of the mustache. was so excited earlier this year when it looked like it might happen...but NO.

    I actually voted for Doug Davidson's finger. That's just epic!

    I am also in the group of "Whoever, I'm Just Glad It's Not Tony Geary."

    Great performances in this category.

    James Scott is a great actor (yes he is also really good-looking) but above all he is a great actor who has all the qualities to become a star outside of Daytime.
    His reel is great but his best work was at the hospital after Ej discovered Nicole miscarriage so it was not the scenes of the revelation (which was good by the way), it was after when he talked about it with Lexie first and Sami then. If he had submitted these scenes he would have won : it was outstanding and subtle; the guy showed a totally vulnerable side, a man totally destroyed inside. Fascinating really, if you does not have seen these scenes watch them really, the actresses (RJ and AS)just support his work here..it is just about him and his character.

    But Michael Park should and will (i hope) win. He just deserves it. His performance is memorable, particularly in his confrontation with Craig. He just nailed it. He is a great actor and it is the end of his work as Jack Snyder with the cancellation of ATWT so just GO MICHAEL.
    (James can win next year lol).

    Doug Davidson performance is also a beautiful acting work but his character is not a lead...so it bugs me a little..but, but, but if he wins i will not be upset..actually i will be glad..i was totally into his scenes, the raw of emotions is memorable. Just grand performance.

    Peter Bergman is always great but his reel this year did not moved me and was not breathtaking like for the first three. I mean it was a good job but not outstanding.

    Jon Lindstrom is the weak point in this category. He is a good actor, he can act for sure but his reel did not impress me, it was not in the same league as the others.

    So in my book Michael Park and James Scott should win. But i will not be against Doug Davidson.
    Who will win : it is against Park, Davidson and Bergman (the academy loves him).
    Michael Park for the win !

    Include me in the "Whoever, I'm just glad it's not Tony Geary" club.

    Oups i meant "between" not "against" : it is between Park, Davidson and Bergman. lol

    James Scott, if for no other reason than Maria Arena Bell should not labor under the mistaken belief that her writing is Emmy worthy in any way, shape, or form.

    Okay, I love your descriptions but going on your keyword basis your summary of Michael Park's reel is missing a couple of them.
    The last sentence of that summary should be: "He goes off on a TIRADE on Craig about he should be called a murder before leaving and finally BREAKING DOWN outside the door in tears.
    That boosts his score up to 5 and rightly so.
    I think this is the first time I might be watching the Daytime Emmy's because I significantly wil be excited for whomever wins! Uh, and of course your recap of it because I usually laugh my butt off when I read anything you guys write.

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